'Donald Trump has used his first TV interview as president to say he believes torture “absolutely” works and that the US should “fight fire with fire.”
Speaking to ABC News, Trump said he would defer to the defence secretary, James Mattis, and CIA director, Mike Pompeo, to determine what can and cannot be done legally to combat the spread of terrorism.
But asked about the efficacy of tactics such as waterboarding, Trump said: “absolutely I feel it works.”'
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Draft executive order on CIA ‘black sites’ renews questions about Trump’s torture policy
'President Donald Trump’s openness to waterboarding and torture of terrorist suspects could lead to the review and ultimate reopening of CIA interrogation programs used in secret “black sites” worldwide, if a leaked executive order draft is any indication.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that a copy of a draft executive order distributed to major media outlets including the New York Times and Associated Press on Wednesday “is not a White House document.”
There are conflicting reports on the draft’s merit. Reuters cited two US officials who said Trump would sign a similar executive order in the coming days, while Fox News cited “White House sources” downplaying the draft, saying it was just one of many written during the transition.
“I have no idea where it came from,” Spicer told reporters Wednesday.'
Read more: Draft executive order on CIA ‘black sites’ renews questions about Trump’s torture policy